Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lilacs: An Acrostic Poem

When I was a child, we had a string of lilac bushes growing in our backyard--a border between our yard and our neighbor's. My maternal grandparents had lilacs bushes lining both sides of their property. I'm thinking of planting some lilacs in my backyard. I miss the sight and scent of the little lavender-colored flowers in spring. Here's an acrostic in praise of lilacs.

by Elaine Magliaro

Little-petalled blossoms hang

In soft clusters of

Lavender lace

Adorning spring’s greenery,

Catching honeybees with

Sweet perfume.


Remember...tomorrow, April 17th, is the first national Poem in Your Pocket Day. Click here for more information. Click here for some Poems for Your Pocket. Click here for some short rhyming poems for young children to keep in their pockets tomorrow.


Mary Lee said...

We're writing acrostics this week. And I'm being a real stickler -- they have to SAY SOMETHING not be just a list of words!

They're getting it...slowly but surely!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Mary Lee,

Good for you for being a stickler. That's the way your students will learn to write "real" poetry and not just a list of words. In addition, I think kids know when their work is truly worthy of praise. I believe they get a real sense of accomplishment from putting in their best effort.

Anonymous said...

Everyday after I check my email, I open my favorites folder and head for your blog. I share your wonderful poetry often to inspire my students. (I'm a Literacy Specialist in a K-8 school.)Your "Lilac" acrostic was lovely. My grandmother had lilacs in her yard and I am fortunate enough to have bushes that came from hers. I think of her often for many reasons, but especially these days as I watch the lilac outside my kitchen window slowly begin to wake up. Thank you so much for sharing.

Elaine Magliaro said...


Thanks so much for your comment. It makes me happy to know my poems help to inspire your students.

You are fortunate to have lilacs that came from your grandmother's. When one of my nieces got married, she cut flowers from my grandmother's yard to use in her bouquet and in table arrangements at the reception.